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    Silky Vanilla Butter Frosting

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    33 mins

    25 mins

    8 mins

    Sharlene~W's Note:

    This is not your usual butter-cream made with powdered sugar. Butter is beaten into a flour-thickened base to make an exquisitely light and creamy frosting. Not overly sweet like those made with powdered sugar, but sweet enough to be the perfect compliment for a cake. Make sure the base is completely cooled before beating in the butter. I added in 15 minutes cooling time, but it will vary depending on conditions.

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    Serves: 10



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    1. 1
      In 2-quart saucepan, thoroughly combine sugar and flour.
    2. 2
      With wire whisk, gradually stir in milk until smooth.
    3. 3
      Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened and boils.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat to low; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
    5. 5
      Remove from heat and cool completely.
    6. 6
      In medium bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat butter until light and fluffy.
    7. 7
      Gradually beat in milk mixture; beat in vanilla.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 29, 2002


      I'm sorry to say that I didn't really care for this frosting. I too, used it to frost a dark chocolate cake. It was easy to make, but to us, the taste of the flour came through, more than the vanilla. The idea is a great one--less sweet frosting is what really appealed to me, though I think that using flour may not be the way to go.

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    • on February 23, 2003


      We loved this frosting! Followed the recipe as posted & it was so simple to make. Made sure to boil the mixture for a good 2 minutes; that really thickens it & also eliminates the flour taste. It took a good 1/2 hr to cool. With an electric hand mixer, slowly incorporated the milk mixture into the whipped butter. Like others, I baked Lennie's Deep Dark Chocolate Cake (oh Lennie, this cake deserves to be in the hall of fame) & the frosting was so well suited to this cake. Had to wait an entire day to rate these recipes because I wanted to see if the frosting & cake was as good straight out of the fridge. The cake & the frosting were even better cold! If you find frosting with powder sugar a bit too sweet, I highly recommend using this vanilla butter frosting.

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    • on March 18, 2003


      I hearby swear that I will NEVER use another vanilla frosting! This was too good to be true! It is absolutely silken in texture, not gritty or teeth aching sweet! I have been searching forever for a frosting like this...Sharlene, I am forever in your debt. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is fab on chocolate cake, but I think DH wanted to lick the bowl clean, so I think it would be great on anything!

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    Nutritional Facts for Silky Vanilla Butter Frosting

    Serving Size: 1 (82 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 287.4
    Calories from Fat 176
    Total Fat 19.6 g
    Saturated Fat 12.4 g
    Cholesterol 53.3 mg
    Sodium 178.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 26.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 20.1 g
    Protein 1.9 g

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